Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Air Astana Goes For E190 Replacement

Air Astana have announced they will be welcoming five Embraer E190-E2s on long-term lease deals from AerCap. Deliveres of the second-generation E-Jets will start in the autumn of next year and will replace the airline's existing E190 fleet.

Peter Foster, President and CEO of the Kazakh national carrier said:  “The acquisition of the E2 is the logical replacement of the E190 which we have been successfully operating since 2011.  The E190 has enabled us to open up smaller markets in southern Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia including smaller domestic routes.  As domestic and regional competition grows, the E2 we estimate will deliver up to 15% seat cost savings, which will enable us to increase capacity and market share on these routes and maintain our position as the region’s leading airline.  We are delighted to have concluded the lease agreements with AerCap, with whom we have been working closely for many years.”

John Slattery, President and CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation said: “Air Astana has won ‘Best Airline in Central Asia and India’ in the Skytrax World Airline Awards for the last six consecutive years.  Embraer is proud to be part of this outstanding success story, and the strong relationship between our companies and AerCap, who are a major partner on the E2 program.”

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